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Digest for November 27th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 27th from 12:01 to 12:33:

  • ‘Milk’ Does the Man Proud — In These Times – Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in a major U.S. city, was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. But because of fear, he didn’t come out of the closet until he was in his 40s. His public life as a gay leader lasted only five years, when he and Mayor George Moscone were gunned down inside City Hall on Nov. 27, 1978.

    Now, 30 years after his death, Milk’s life is on the big screen. In the first time a major Hollywood film has portrayed a gay historic figure as the central hero, Milk, starring Sean Penn in the title role, hits theaters nationwide on Dec. 5.

  • Why Gay Marriage Is an Asian American Matter : AsianWeek – When the San Francisco Chronicle ran a Nov. 7 article exploring why Asians were the only ethnic minority to produce a majority of voters against Proposition 8 and its ban of same-sex marriage, a reader commented on the Chronicle’s website: “Why in the world would the Asian American community ally itself with the gays? The Asian American community [has] virtually nothing in common with the gays except maybe being minorities.”

    This comment would be cute in its naiveté if we weren’t at such a critical juncture in American history. This kind of dangerously insular thinking has no place in a nation on the brink of tremendous political and social change, ignited by the election of President-elect Barack Obama.

  • Gay News Blog: Why churches fear gay marriage – For author Richard Rodriguez, no one is talking about the real issues behind Proposition 8.

    While conservative churches are busy trying to whip up another round of culture wars over same-sex marriage, Rodriquez says the real reason for their panic lies elsewhere: the breakdown of the traditional heterosexual family and the shifting role of women in society and the church itself. As the American family fractures and the majority of women choose to live without men, churches are losing their grip on power and scapegoating gays and lesbians for their failures.

  • The Gay White Male « The Grumblings of A Grumpy Young Man – Hell if I had it my way, I’d be more inclined to give full rights and institute a national holiday for all gays, all gays except gay white men. Now there’s an Idea, white men have had it there way for far too long. They, more than any other group are responsible for much of the bigotry and hatred this country has experience. They have instituted bigoted laws against every minority group in this country, and since “gayness” is inborn, it’s safe to assume that a number of the white men running the country were gay. The gay white male, some say a devil incarnate, I say born to be bad, able to hide in the closet until the time was right. Able to lay-in-wait and do nothing while vicious laws were passed and rights denied to so many in this county. The only demographic in this country to subjugate, legislate and deny rights to their own mothers, the very wombs that brought them into existence. -What, homosexuality didn’t exist then? Oh, and interracial marriage, don’t get me started, suddenly they care about their women? Please. The hypocrisy and arrogance is truly amazing.
  • Patricia Nell Warren: Newt Gingrich and “Gay Fascists” – Good grief, Newt Gingrich is "teaching" history again. On the Bill O'Reilly show the other day, Gingrich came up with his biggest lie about history yet. He said, "I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us…it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion."

    Wow. And to think that the real fascists were neither gay nor secular. ln fact, the real fascists supported — and were shamelessly supported by — ultra-traditional Christian religion. I'm talking mainly about Spain's Franco, Germany's Hitler and Italy's Mussolini, who were the most powerful and destructive figures among European fascist rulers of the 20th century.

  • Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Florida Court Overturns Ban on Gay Adoption – Do better than what? Better is a relative term and it requires that a comparison be made. Do children do better, on average, with a mother and a father than they do with a single mother or a single father? Of course they do. But surely they do better with a single mother or father, regardless of their sexual orientation, than they do in an orphanage or bouncing from foster home to foster home.

    But even if this wasn't true, it shouldn't make any difference in our policy choices. It's also true that children are statistically better off with affluent parents rather than poor parents, with white parents rather than black parents, and with educated parents rather than uneducated parents. But that obviously does not mean that the government can prohibit poor, black or uneducated parents from adopting children.

    This decision IS about what is best for the children. The plaintiff in this case has raised these two foster kids for 4 years, since one was 4 years old and the other a newborn. How could any sane person seriously argue that those children should be taken away from the only family they have ever really known? The only possible reason is bigotry. Nothing else makes sense.

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